The Economy is too important to be left to politicians

The Economy is too important to be left to politicians

The history books may record why it was that when the North was at a Brexit crossroads the business community here remained largely silent during much of the period since the June 2016 referendum.  That it has eventually chosen to…

Any deal is better than No Deal

Any deal is better than No Deal

Our remit at BBB is to provide the best practical information available on Brexit to affected companies and communities in Ireland north and south, There has been no significant forward movement in UK-EU negotiations since December 2017. That was when…

The 105 million crossing question

The 105 million crossing question

Technology is favoured by those backing Brexit as an answer to the border question but one piece of recent research has technology scoping out the scale of the problem.  Its a Department of the Economy publication on cross border movement and…

Who Speaks?

Who Speaks?

The recent public demonstrations across Northern reflect growing frustration at the lack of government here. The biggest current threat in this political vacuum is Brexit but a return of devolved government won’t fix that problem – for two reasons. There…

Required reading.

Required reading.

The British Irish Chamber has helpfully compiled a digest of headlines within the technical notices that the UK government has published  outlining preparations businesses and consumers should take in preparation for a “no deal” outcome in Brexit negotiations. They are…

No Deal? London says Belfast should ask Dublin

No Deal? London says Belfast should ask Dublin

This morning in Newry, Enniskillen and Derry, vans and lorries are being loaded for short delivery runs to Dundalk, Cavan and Letterkenny. Business people with half an eye on television news will be aware that the UK Department for Existing…

Supply-chain damage will hurt us all

Supply-chain damage will hurt us all

Even at this late stage, we have few insights into the extent of damage any Brexit will do, never mind the sheer devastation of a  no-deal scenario which now seems unavoidable. Many Brexiteers in Northern Ireland take comfort from the…

White Paper: Cakeism with cherries on top

White Paper: Cakeism with cherries on top

 For yet another month of precious, fast-ebbing time, Brexit negotiations have gone absolutely nowhere. For new readers, let us not confuse the negotiations between the UK and EU, which are not happening, with the other Brexit struggle between fast-multiplying factions…

This will end with a horrible crash

This will end with a horrible crash

A critic famously wrote about Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot that “nothing happened, twice”. That is pretty much what has been happening in the Brexit debate for the last couple of months, which is why we have written very little…

Border residents more informed but not reassured over hard border

Border residents more informed but not reassured over hard border

The cross border organisation ICBAN and Queen’s University have published a new study on border residents views on the impact of Brexit.  Brexit at the Border finds that generally people are more informed about the issues, partly because it is…